DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
WELL if you wanted any further evidence that the sun damages your skin, you really only needed to look at how True Blood ended last week, with Eric and Russell lying out on the ground outside Fangtasia, handcuffed together, slowly frying. It must be what a dermatologist sees when he puts on his special glasses and looks at some old actress’s face. Terrifying. And Eric is so beautiful. Such a waste. He won’t really die the true death will he? Sookie won’t allow it, surely. Bill or no Bill. (Bill — please. She’s backing the wrong horse there.) Sookie whose blood tastes like paradise, arcadia, nirvana, according to nutty old Russell. I don’t want Russell to die either, if I’m honest. I mean yes, he ripped out a newsreader’s organs on national television. On the other hand . . . hmmm . . . he is a highly entertaining character, the campest, most dramatic vampire on the show. The others, even though they have some fantastic lines, tend to take the undead thing to its limit, and walk around all pale and wan and lifeless. Everything Russell says begins and ends with a major flourish. I love him. Even lying there looking like he’s in that paint ad that takes place in the desert, there’s plenty of kick left in him. You have to respect that. He is after all the King of Mississippi. And three thousand years old. As disturbing as it was to hear him dismiss Eric as nothing more than a lump of muscle with a blood grudge, I thought, hmmm, he’s kind of got something there.
But what if True Blood has now peaked? I’ve watched tonight’s final episode and it’s sensational, so much fun, and there are things I want to see happen, but if they don’t, I’m cool with that. Because this has easily been the best season so far. It’s been all about the vampires. Although I have to say, how great has it been to see Sam’s lid come off? This has been a meltdown that’s been so well paced. He held it together for 45 episodes, so calm and rational and easygoing and god, don’t you have to watch those types. True Blood Showcase, Foxtel/Austar, 8.30pm
Sookie: Anna Paquin